About: Me

Time spent in gardens and barns reminds me deeply of who I am.  Nurturing seeds, encouraging growth, gently allowing the season to unfold before my eyes in the garden brings joy with the arrival of each new, in season fruit, veggie, or herb.  The sweet nuzzle of Ms. Coco during the morning milking mingling with the smells…

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Maple Bacon Kale

Mmmmmmmm…… Everything is better with bacon. Especially rich, dark leafy greens.  Combining kale with the creaminess  of thick cut, home-cured smokey bacon is a match made in heaven, kissed with a tease of maple, you can’t go wrong. Maple Bacon Kale 1 1/2 lb. Fresh Kale, washed, stems removed and chopped 1/2 lb.  Thick cut…

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Gluten-Free)

There is something about chocolate that soothes the soul.  Perhaps it’s all those gorgeous antioxidants flooding your system, or yet more likely, the sweet release of endorphins into your bloodstream as you bite, that makes chocolate that much better.  Whatever the case may be, these double chocolate zucchini muffins will bring deep and imminent satisfaction…

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Letting Go

The Sky broke Crimson in the evening, with wisps of golden light illuminating the pasture.  Purple blooms glowed softly alongside brilliant gold, warm ivory, and a full spectrum of green played amongst the ground, whispering in the wind a gentle embrace rising up from the earth to cradle a tender heart.   I knelt close…

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Intentions for a New Year

  A new year is a new beginning. Begin again, start fresh, wake anew. Intentional living allows one to be open to making changes in her life.  When she has the courage to openly see what is working, and what is not.  When it is time to build on, or time to let go. Cultivating a…

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Holy is there

You may be wondering what all this wholehearted, spiritual mumbo jumbo has to do with homesteading. Let me explain. It is in the everyday ordinary, in the simplifying, in the refining of priorities that I find peace. That I feel God. There is a spiritual current that runs deep in living and working close to…

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Wholehearted Living

What does it mean to live wholeheartedly? It means showing up everyday, being vulnerable, open, willing to fail, but wanting to put it ALL on the line anyway.  It means that we expose our tender spots so that we can connect deeply with others.  If we cannot show any tenderness from our own hearts, if…

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Wherever you go, go with all of your heart

Wholehearted.  In the remaking of my blog I was contemplating letting go of my subtitle, my meaning of what this blog was when I started writing nearly two years ago.  After all, we grow and change, maybe this no longer fits my mission, my statement, my purpose.  Maybe its not glamorous enough, or maybe it is the…

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Sweet Summertime, A Season in Photographs

Winds roar whipping whirling dervishes against panes as we cozy up on the homestead in blizzard conditions.  Somewhere in the distance I can hear the barn door banging in the wind, as treetops bend.  ‘Tis the season for homemade afghans cocooning, woolen socks and mittens for toasty toes and fingers.  All are shored up tight, riding out the…

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Fall Gifts

  The the biggest gifts come in the smallest of packages.  It’s the moments you miss, if you blink.  First fresh early morning snowfall glittering jeweled gift across fields, tradition and love becoming one in first days light. These are the moments, gone in blink, captured in heart, wrapped in beautiful paper, tied with heartstring ribbon, stored…

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